breakaway

[ breyk-uh-wey ]
/ ˈbreɪk əˌweɪ /

noun

adjective

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Origin of breakaway

First recorded in 1885–95; noun, adj. use of verb phrase break away
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British Dictionary definitions for breakaway

breakaway
/ (ˈbreɪkəˌweɪ) /

noun

  1. loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
  2. (as modifier)a breakaway faction
sport
  1. a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
  2. an attempt to get away from the rest of the field in a race
Australian a stampede of cattle, esp at the smell of water

verb break away (intr, adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with breakaway

break away

1

Leave hurriedly, escape, get loose. For example, The boy tried to break away, but his mother held onto his coat, or On the last lap the horse broke away from the pack. [First half of 1500s]

2

Sever connections with a group. For example, It was hard for me to break away from that organization, but I knew it was necessary.

3

Stop doing something, as in She broke away from work long enough to go out for lunch.

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